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Faster Pussycat Concert Review, San Antonio, TX, November 23, 2014

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useIMG_6921Night #3.  Oh man.  I got home from Houston yesterday and just flopped.  I got a decent nap in and got in touch with Xristian to see what time they were going on in San Antonio at Fitzgerald’s. He gave me the word that 11PM was the time and that I was on the guestlist. Sweet. I contacted a friend in SA and let her know about the show and that she could be my +1 and she accepted.

I got there around 930 after driving just over an hour to San Antonio and felt the wave of tiredness coming over me.  I didn’t know anyone there and the FP guys hadn’t shown up yet and the openers didn’t do anything for me.  Xristian arrived with his awesome girlfriend, Melanie, and we have a beer while waiting outside for the last opener to finish.  They finish and the band gets on stage around 11:15.  They open up with Jack the Bastard from the Whipped album followed by Cathouse and Slip of the Tongue.

The sound out front was absolutely terrible and it was obviously bad on stage as well.  There was a terrible hum coming from the mains and absolutely horrible feedback all night.  It was the same way during the Lizzy Borden show there a couple of months ago.  This place has notoriously bad sound.  The whole band was obviously having issues with the sound on stage.  They played 7 more songs and at the end of Babylon, they walked.  The sound was just f’n awful.  The soundman didn’t seem be trying.  It totally sucked for them but I don’t blame them.

Most folks there didn’t seem too phased by the show being cut short.  It was a small crowd, maybe 40 people.  Tough draw for a Sunday night in San Antonio, especially when the Cowboys had the late game.  Although a short set with bad sound, it was fun…it was also a very late night.  I’m running on fumes now, so goodnight!

Stephen Pearcy, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, BulletBoys Concert Review, November 22, 2014

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useratt-flayerNight #2 of the eyeliner and hairspray weekend took me to Houston, TX to see Stephen Pearcy, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, and The BulletBoys at the sold out Warehouse Live.  I had booked a room at the famed Sam Houston Hotel in downtown.  What a nice hotel.  The rooms have been fully modernized and while small, they are very comfortable.  I’ll likely stay there again when the opportunity presents itself.

This show was a free show and all you had to do was RSVP tickets.  I was supposed to be on the VIP list as well (thanks to Faster Pussycat) but it didn’t happen.  No big deal.  One of the reasons I was going to this show was to get The Book signed by Phil Lewis and Steve Riley of LA Guns and hopefully Stephen Pearcy.  More on these developments later.

My friend from Houston picked me up and we went to grab a quick dinner near the hotel and ended up at Frank’s Pizza in downtown which was delicious.  From there we went to the venue and got in about halfway through BulletBoys’ set.  This place is open and spacious and the sound was probably as good as you could get in a giant concrete room with very high ceilings.  Bulletboys sounded good again and the crowd was very into it.  I ran into some other Austin friends there and we all hung together for most of the night.

Next up was Faster Pussycat.  They are one of the few bands of this genre that I’ve always liked.  I think their scenes in The Metal Years softened it up for me.  I had played with them back in Virginia about 12 years ago and always love seeing them live.  Taime is a character and does his job as front man very well.  They opened up with Cathouse and blew right into Slip of the Tongue.  They played 9 songs including 2 covers (Supersuckers and Betty Blowtorch).  They were very tight, which is no surprise as this unit has been together for the better part of 18 years.  It’s always a good time seeing them.

After a quick set change LA Guns took the stage opening with Show No Mercy, Sex Action and Never Enough.  Their set consisted of everything you’d want and expect to hear from Phil and the guys.  Their lead player is a total badass, too.  That guy shreds.  Phil’s voice sounded great.  I was super glad to see them since I missed them in Austin a few months ago as I was going out of town very early the next morning.  Twelve songs total and it was a lot of fun.

Then Stephen Pearcy comes on.  Look, I’m a pretty big Ratt fan and it was never really about his voice.  I love the riffs and solos those guys used to lay down (minus the silliness of songs like Way Cool Jr).  Pearcy never had a great voice although it was unique.  I saw Ratt with the Scorpions in 2010 and his voice sounded pretty good.  Saturday night not so much.  I want to be careful to not dog him out as I don’t know if he was just having a bad night, can’t sing anymore or just didn’t care to try.  He seemed to be phoning it in.  His backup band sounded good but the voice was killing me and many others.  We decided to leave about mid-set during I’m Insane.  We weren’t the only ones.  People were rolling out steadily and you could hear lots of people saying how poorly Pearcy sounded.

During Pearcy’s set, I went to the merch booth to see Shawn and the Bulletboys guys as Marq hadn’t signed the book yet.  He thought it was great and cheerfully signed it.  Hanging out with him 2 nights in a row did change my perspective a little bit.  Aaron Samson (Odin) was also at the booth and while both he and Shawn had signed the book a few years back at an Odin show in LA, he hadn’t signed my rare Odin Caution! EP.  Shawn and Jeff signed it for me a few months ago before sending it to me.  Aaron was glad to see it.  I still needed Phil and Riley from LA Guns though.  I went over the VIP area to chat with Sean a bit while Pearcy was still playing and Phil came out.  Chad Stewart, Pussycat’s drummer, grabbed Phil to come over and meet me to sign the book.  He signed the band photo and flipped though it a little bit and asked where he could get a copy.  I told him I’d send the link.  Pussycat’s guitarist, Xristian Simon, was looking backstage for Riley and couldn’t catch him before he bailed out to the hotel.  No biggie.  Guns come to Austin every couple of years and I’ll be sure to get them next time.

All in all it was a great night with my friend, Myra, and my Austin friends.  I was tired, so tired, and just needed to get back to the hotel to crash out and that’s exactly what I did.

Here are some great photos taken by Jamie Miller! Please visit his page!

BulletBoys

Faster Pussycat

LA Guns

Stephen Pearcy

Faster Pussycat Concert Review, Houston TX, 3/7/2013

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I’m on temporary work assignment in Houston and saw last week that Faster Pussycat was playing right up the street from my hotel.  I’d seen them a couple of times before including being able to open for them in 2003 when they were on tour with Pretty Boy Floyd and Enuff z’Nuff.  That was a fun night for sure. On to last night…I had been sick all day and laid up in my hotel room from diverticulosis.  Lucky me.  By dinner time, I was feeling a little bit better and had enough energy to go and grab a bite to eat.  I drove up the road to find the venue after dinner and hung out in my truck for a little while trying to decide whether I was going to go in or not.  Ultimately (and obviously) I went in.  Quite an interesting crowd at this north Houston venue.  The groupie girls were definitely in full effect, most of whom are really past their prime.  Sorry ladies, you’re looking rough these days.

While sitting there wading through some opening bands who were so horrid that they shall remain nameless, Danny Nordahl, bassist for Faster Pussycat, walked in.  When we played with them in ’03, he and I talked for a long time, mostly about Thin Lizzy.  The custom guitar picks I was using at the time had Phil Lynott on them and I gave him one, since he said he was out of picks.  Last night I mentioned to him about that show and he said something to the effect of ‘you’re the dude that gave me that guitar pick with Phil on it.  I still have that!’  Sweet!  We hung out for a few while the last opener was clearing the stage and then it was showtime.

They were slated to go on at 10:30 but ended up being closer to 11.  I was getting really tired but I stuck around for for about half of the set.  Taime was his typical self.  His voice sounded pretty good and the band was pretty solid.  I think my favorite thing about the show was that Taime held an unlit cigarette in his hand the whole night.  It was quite funny.

Faster Pussycat is one of the few “hair bands” that I like and their first 3 albums are pretty good.

I stayed for 6 songs, but could only recall 5.

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March 8, 2013 at 8:20 am

I’ve seen Poison 3 times? What the hell is wrong with me?!

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As I’ve been digging through all of my old ticket stubs recently I noticed one thing that has not left me at ease.  Yes.  I’ve been to 3 Poison shows.  I mean, what the hell?  I detest that band.  I find their style of music to be of the utmost poseur category.  I have a lot of friends who like them and that’s fine, but I don’t.  Looking up who they were on tour with, it all starts to make a little sense.

The first time was in 2002 and they had Cinderella, Winger and Faster Pussycat as openers.  Prior to this I had only seen Winger once in the late 80s and they were great live.  I hated Cinderella back when they came out but over the years grew to appreciate them a little more.  Faster Pussycat always sat well with me, even though they did some silly stuff too.  But Poison?  Blech!  I will admit that they are entertaining live to a degree, I only wish I could have just turned their sound off completely.  Their music and Brett Michael’s voice annoys me to no end.  The other three bands put on a great show.  It was worth the $10.

Poison Hollyweird World Tour 2002

Next up was 2003.  Wait…what?  I saw them 2 years in a row even?  Shoot me now!  At least I got free tix to this one.  Vince Neil and the Bach-less Skid Row opened up.  Awful.  When I saw Skid Row in 1991, they were great but then again they had a great frontman at the time.

Poson Harder, Louder, Faster Tour 2003

Finally I saw them again in 2006.  What is my f’ing problem?  Ah, Cinderella opened up.  Since seeing them a few years prior, I knew they were likely to put on another great show…and they did even though Kiefer’s voice was having troubles.  Poison?  Blah…again.  My ticket says $10, but I think I got these for free.

Poison 20th Anniversary Tour 2006

If any of you ever see or hear me inclined to go see Poison again, please berate me and talk me out of it.  I promise it wouldn’t take much to do.  :)

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June 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Sweet Pain – S/T (1985)

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I remember it like it was yesterday (it was 1986).  I went over to a former friend from high school’s house and he said, “Dude, check this out.”  It was Sweet Pain’s self-titled debut record and he put it on.  Before hearing it and just looking at the album cover I was in hysterics.  Were these guys for real?  Let me state right now that I was never a fan of the glam/sleaze rock and metal minus a few rare exceptions.  The album started and we were rolling.  It was awful.  So awful that we spun it all the time.  Made fun of it every chance we got. Kelly Nickels of LA Guns/Faster Pussycat was in this band.

Looking at the back of the album I saw that they were on Combat Records.  COMBAT?  Really?  How in the hell did that happen?  What the hell were these spandex chumps with teased up hair doing on this awesome metal label?  Whatever.  They were the running joke with me and some of my teenage metal pals for years.

Oddly enough I found this on vinyl some years ago and had to have, purely for nostalgia’s sake.  For as many times as we listened to it, I could still recite almost the whole damned thing to this day when I hear it.  A few years back a friend of mine made a CD of the vinyl for me and I still get reminded of that feeling of hanging out when we were just stupid teenagers.  They were great times.

About 6 or 7 years ago through the advent of Myspace, I met a dude online named Scarlet Rowe who was in a band from New York City called Joker Five Speed.  I dug his band a lot and got to hang out with him a little when they played a show in Portsmouth, VA.  They kicked ass even though there were only about 20 people there.  About a year or so ago I was browsing some of his photos and saw a promo photo of Sweet Pain with him in the picture.  Looking at my vinyl I saw that he wasn’t on it and started asking him some questions about his involvement with the band.  He wrote and played on it but was not credited nor in the final photo.  Pity.  Seems like it was a torrid split from the band.  Scarlet’s still rocking though and is a king amongst men.  100% good dude.

If you liked the NYC and Hollywood glam stuff, you’ll likely dig this a lot.  As I said, it was never my thing but it does bring me a great amount of joy when I hear them now.

Download from here.

Sweet Pain w/Scarlet.

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January 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm